If you like spinach ravioli, you’re going to love this recipe! It’s pretty much a deconstructed version of it.
It kind of happened by accident while I was testing out an Alfredo sauce and was going to add chicken and broccoli. I was 90% done with the sauce when I realized we were out of frozen broccoli, but I figured spinach would be just as tasty!
Creamy pasta dishes are about to become my favorite all-in-one meal. It’s a great way to add in veggies and stretch your protein!
- Per serving, this recipe packs 45 g of carbs, 18 g of protein, and 12 g of fat, and 2 g of fiber
- Pre-workout: have at least 2 hours before your session to give you enough time to digest. Add extra carbs or have a pre-session carb snack if possible.
- Post-workout: this recipe has the ideal ~3:1 ratio of carbs to protein. Have post-workout meal within 1-2 hours of your session.
- 1 lb pasta
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 chicken breasts, cut into small chunks
- 2, 12-oz cans of evaporated milk
- 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
- 1, 10-oz block of frozen spinach (microwaved for 1 min) or 1 bag, fresh
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the pasta according to package directions adding 1 teaspoon of salt to the water when boiling
- Remove from heat once al dente, strain and rinse with cold water (to prevent overcooking)
- While the water is boiling, cook chicken in a skillet over medium-high heat for 5-8 minutes. Remove from pan
- With the skillet removed from heat, mix cornstarch with a splash of evaporated milk till completely dissolved
- Add in the rest of the evaporated milk, stirring very throughly so cornstarch is well dispersed
- Heat sauce over medium-high heat stirring frequently (to keep from clumping) until thick and frothy
- Stir in cheese until melted and sauce is smooth
- Add in spinach and cook until heated through
- Add in chicken and salt and pepper to taste
- Return pasta to the pot, combine with sauce and serve
Did you make it? I’d love to see how it turned out! Tag @climbingdietitian on instagram.
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